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FEATURE ARTICLES

The state of business continuity: quick survey
In a series of short surveys Continuity Central is looking to gain a picture of how your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed your view or approach to your business continuity program. The first of these is now live - please take part; the results will be published on Continuity Central at a future date.
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Increased employee fatigue due to remote working is an issue that BC managers need to be aware of
Remote working has been one of the main business continuity strategies employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but researchers have shown that remote working results in increased fatigue for employees, something which needs to be taken into account and managed.
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Tips to help retailers ensure that Black Friday is secure and incident free
As retailers in many countries plan for this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Weekend under the shadow of various levels of lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions, Continuity Central asked six cyber security experts for their tips for how retailers can continue to safeguard their operations in these unusual times.
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How artificial intelligence video analytics can help businesses comply with COVID-19 restrictions
As restrictions to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 continue to adapt and change, it is vital to review and assess how social distancing measures can be effectively enforced within business environments. Chris Bishop looks at how AIVA (artificial intelligence video analytics) is proving effective in this area.
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LATEST NEWS

BCI announces the winners of the 2020 Global Awards and Hall of Fame entrants
During a virtual ceremony on November 19th, BCI announced the winners of the 2020 Global Awards, which recognize business continuity and resilience excellence from around the world. Entrants in the BCI Global Awards have all won regional BCI awards during 2020.
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CompTIA issues new guide: ‘The Who, What, Why and How of DDoS Attacks’
Tech association, CompTIA, has made a guide to DDoS attacks available to assist organizations manage this important cause of downtime. ‘The Who, What, Why and How of DDoS Attacks’ has been designed to be useful to people with all types of backgrounds - from those new to the concept all the way to seasoned IT professionals.
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FEMA launches new National Risk Index: helps communities and businesses analyze their natural hazards risks
FEMA has announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps highlight locations which are most at risk from natural hazards. The mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards and includes layers for expected annual losses, social vulnerability, and community resilience.
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The Software Engineering Institute launches model for enterprise risk management
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has released the latest model in its Operationally Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability Evaluation (OCTAVE) suite. The OCTAVE FORTE (OCTAVE For the Enterprise) model for enterprise risk management helps executives and other decision makers understand and prioritize the complex risks affecting their organizations.
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Cost of ransomware related downtime nearly doubles since 2019 according to new report
Datto has published its fifth annual Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report, which provides the views of more than 1,000 MSPs on the security posture of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), along with other notable trends driving ransomware breaches.
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75 percent of companies plan to make changes to build more resilient supply chains
BluJay Solutions has released the findings from its third annual supply chain research study in the report, 'Creating Resilience Amid Disruption: Research on How Supply Chains are Changing for Success and Survival'.
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Changing tactics and targets: five ransomware challenges for 2021
Asigra Inc. has identified five ransomware challenges which it expects to impact businesses in 2021, driven in part by an escalation of increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks globally.
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New paper from Enlighten sets out the ‘three pillars of operational resilience’
Enlighten has released a new paper looking at operational resilience and setting out what it says are the three pillars of operational resilience. The document is focused on Australian organizations but is relevant around the world.
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• Australia / World

Cyber security predictions for 2021: securing the ‘next normal’
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has released its cyber security predictions for 2021; detailing the key security challenges that organizations will face over the next year. Check Point’s cyber security predictions for 2021 are broken down into three categories: COVID-19 related developments; malware, privacy and cyber-conflicts; and emerging 5G and IoT platforms…
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ECB announces independent investigation into payments system outage
The European Central Bank (ECB) is launching an independent review of an incident that affected its real-time gross settlement system TARGET2 on 23rd October 2020, causing an outage for almost 10 hours. An initial investigation determined that a software defect in a network device was the specific technical cause of the incident.
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Standards Australia consults on risk management and business continuity briefing paper
Standards Australia has published a briefing paper to explore the way forward for risk management and business continuity standards published by the organization. The ‘Risk Management and Business Continuity Sector Briefing Paper’ outlines a proposed plan for activities in this area.
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Roundup of October’s major natural disasters around the world
Aon plc has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during October 2020.
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Surveys look at the risk environment and how organizations expect it to develop in 2021
During ‘Audit & Beyond’, AuditBoard’s second annual user conference, more than five thousand audit, risk, and compliance professionals virtually convened for two days to discuss the dynamic state of risk in 2020 and its associated challenges. In a series of surveys that AuditBoard conducted throughout the conference sessions, it found that the majority of those surveyed believe risk will continue to be dynamic and unpredictable in 2021 and beyond.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Zerto develops data protection and disaster recovery capabilities for containerized applications
With containers becoming the go-to choice for production deployment, Zerto has announced the beta program of Zerto for Kubernetes (Z4K), an extension of its Zerto Platform to support next-generation, cloud native applications.  
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